Zweli to brief media on claim

2010-02-22 00:00

KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize has called a media briefing for today to answer questions following a report that his wife and daughter benefited from government tenders.

Mkhize said the report in the Sunday Tribune was riddled with inaccuracies.

The Tribune reported Bookize Supply Corporation cc, part-owned by Mkhize’s daughter Nokulinda (25), secured a government tender worth R3,3million.

The newspaper based its report on a notice in the Government Gazette last month, that Bookize won the tender with the Correctional Services Department. It said the company previously had a tender with the SAPS.

It reported that Nokulinda has been a director with a 20% stake in Bookize for two years. Her mother, Dr May Mashego, is also a director in the company.

Nokulinda is a director of at least two other companies in which she holds 100% and 50% stakes respectively, in Inity Consultants cc and Aweh Consulting cc, said the Tribune. The newspaper said the two other companies’ addresses are listed as the premier’s home in Ashburton.

Inity Consultants is also listed on the national government suppliers’ database, said the newspaper, adding there are unconfirmed reports that companies involving Nokulinda are raking in millions in provincial government tenders, including catering, transport for the media attending government events, and communications work.

The newspaper said Mashego confirmed she and Nokulinda are directors of Bookize together with Arvin Boodoo and his three children.

She confirmed Bookize won the Correctional Services tender to “supply the department with plastic granules”, the paper wrote.

The Tribune quoted Mashego as saying: “I really do not know what the problem is with Bookize. We are not even bidding for provincial tenders. We have gone national, in order to dispel notions we get tenders because we are close to Zweli. We do jobs like any other company.”

Mashego said they had an SAPS tender to supply safety shoes. Mashego is a shareholder in Pietermaritzburg-based Dick Whittington Shoes.

The Tribune described Nokulinda, the second of the premier’s three children, as a socialite, often seen attending exclusive parties, among them the New Year party thrown by controversial former eThekwini Metro cop S’bu Mpisane. She graduated from Rhodes University with a degree in politics.

The newspaper quoted her as saying: “I’m a young person living a private life. I have nothing to say about my private business”.

According to reports, the Mkhize family said through their lawyer, Sibu Ngubane, “Bookize is an entity that pursues business opportunities from all sectors, both government and private.”

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